Dr. Carmen Belmonte

Postdoctoral Fellow

belmonte(at)biblhertz.it+39 0669 993-330

Carmen Belmonte received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Udine with a dissertation on colonial visual culture in nineteenth-century Italy entitled Arte e colonialismo in Italia tra Otto e Novecento. Dinamiche politiche e strategie visive nella prima Guerra d’Africa (2017). During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Florence (2016), a Ph.D. candidate in the Swiss Doctoral Program in »Civiltà Italiana« at the University of Lugano (2013-2016), and she held a fellowship from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).
She previously studied at the University of Calabria (B.A. 2004, M.A. 2007) and at the University of Pisa, where she obtained a Professional Doctorate in Art History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (2008-2011). From 2009-2011, she held a fellowship from the LARTTE LAB at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa to work on a project focusing on conservation and restoration politics in contemporary Italy. She also contributed to several digital art history projects organized by the Conferenza Episcopale Italiana (2008-2010) and the Fondazione Memofonte, Florence (2012), and she collaborated with the Museo delle Culture di Milano on the organization of the exhibition Mondi a Milano. Culture ed esposizioni 1874-1940 (2015). At the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz she was a research collaborator of Professor Gerhard Wolf (2012-2015) and then a research associate for the project »Storia dell’arte e catastrofi«. In September 2017, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte.

Research interests

- Italian art, illustration, and photography between nineteenth and twentieth centuries
- Visual strategies and transmediality in colonial propaganda
- Visuality and cultural politics in Fascist Italy
- Collective memory and cultural identity
-  History and theory of conservation and restoration
- Cultural heritage and natural disasters

Publications

 - «Staging Colonialism in the ‹other› Italy. Art and Ethnography at Palermo’s National Exhibition (1891/92)», Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, LIX (2017), Heft 1, Visualizing Otherness in Modern Italy (XIX-XX Century), edited by Eva-Maria Troelenberg, pp. 87–108.

- «Biografia di un dipinto. La battaglia di Dogali di Michele Cammarano tra retorica coloniale e sfortuna espositiva», Studiolo. Revue d’histoire de l’art de l’Académie de France à Rome, 13 (2016), pp. 284–299.

- «Syncronies of violence. Italian colonialism and Marinetti’s depiction of Africa in Mafarka le futuriste», in Vision in Motion. Streams of Sensation and Configurations of Time, edited by Michael F. Zimmermann, Berlin, 2016, pp. 165–182.

«La battaglia di Dogali: una vittoria africana» in Mondi a Milano. Culture ed esposizioni 1874-1940, catalogo della mostra (Museo delle Culture, Milano 2015), a cura di Fulvio Irace, Anna Mazzanti, Maria Grazia Messina, Antonello Negri, Carolina Orsini e Ornella Selvafolta, Milano, 24 ORE cultura, 2015, pp. 108-111. 

- Entry n. 315 («La Esposizione Italiana del 1861. Giornale con 190 incisioni e con gli atti ufficiali della R[eal] commissione»), in Florenz! (Ausstellungskatalog Bonn), hg.v. Katharina Chrubasik, Anna Maria Giusti, Bernd Roeck u.a. München 2013, p. 351.

- «Doctrina Picta: I Frati Minori dell'Osservanza e gli affreschi di Santa Maria delle Grazie a Terranova da Sibari», in L’Immacolata nei rapporti tra l’Italia e la Spagna, a cura di Alessandra Anselmi, Rom 2008, pp. 99–116.

- (mit Carlo Stefano Salerno), «Mosaic Glass made in Rome between the sixteenth and seventeenth century: Rome glass-makers for the Fabrica di San Pietro», Journal of Cultural Heritage, 9 (2008), pp. 93–96.

 

- «La Rete Museale Regionale Pentamus Calabria», in Analisi delle politiche regionali in materia di sistemi museali, a cura di Salvatore Settis, Laboratorio LARTTE, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, 2008, www.sistemimuseali.sns.it (Stand 16.10.2017).

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